Trey Lance says he’ll be 100 percent for OTAs

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The 49ers quarterback situation heading into 2023 should once again be a source of significant intrigue throughout the offseason. But the team’s QB1 entering 2022 should be healthy if that’s the direction San Francisco wants to go next season.

Via Matt Barrows of, Trey Lance told reporters on Tuesday that he is three-to-four weeks from being cleared to practice. And Lance is expecting to be 100 percent by the time OTAs begin, which is in May.

Given Lance’s lack of experience, those offseason practices will continue to be important for him.

Lance started San Francisco’s season-opening loss at Chicago and suffered a season-ending broken ankle in Week Two.

While Lance was the No. 3 overall pick in 2021, there’s still so much unknown about his play as an NFL quarterback. He’s thrown 102 passes in his eight appearances with four starts, completing 55 percent of them for 707 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. he’s also rushed for 235 yards with a TD.

Of course, Brock Purdy’s torn UCL complicates matters. The 49ers won seven games in a row with Purdy as the starter to complete the regular season and begin the postseason before San Francisco lost to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game. Purdy’s recovery is expected to take six months, which means he wouldn’t be available until the start of training camp.

And then there’s the looming possibility that Tom Brady might be an option for San Francisco in 2023.

Via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury, Lance noted that he hasn’t talked with head coach Kyle Shanahan yet about the team’s plans at QB for 2023. But the 2021 draftee will be ready to compete.

22 responses to “Trey Lance says he’ll be 100 percent for OTAs

  1. Shouldn’t he post some more cryptic tweets before committing to the 49ers?

  2. I’m rooting for Lance. Nothing against Purdy I like him too but the hate Lance gets for not looking like a hall of famer in the 4 games (and he was pretty good in 2 or them) he played in ridiculous. You would think he has some DeShaun Watson type off field issue or a Baker Mayfield like locker room cancer jerk attitude with the hate that comes his way.Everyone knew coming in that he needed reps and it was going to take time. I expect him to be the 9ers starter by the playoffs next year.

  3. They better carry 4 or 5 QBs given Shanahan’s offensive protection schemes (and I use that term loosely).

  4. Trey Lance is sadly still a huge question mark of unknown ability. Heading towards his third season in the NFL, he still seems like he’s stuck in his rookie year. With the picks given up to acquire him, this could be the kind of situation that eventually gets a coach or GM fired, if other aspects of the team’s fortunes don’t go well either.

  5. Serious question to Niners’ fans.

    “You didn’t really think you would win a SB this year did you?”

    I mean back in the day, heading into their fourth in a row SB loss, Bills fans accepted their role.

    Of course that’s not a fair comparison as Bills actually made the Super Bowl.

  6. Well with Shanahan’s Offense’s lack of blocking, they will need to go with an All of the Above approach when planning for Quarterbacks for next season…

  7. Aren’t you forgetting someone? I’ll give you a hint. He said he might be ready to play in the Super Bowl if the 49ers qualify.

  8. Ya the question is will you make through the OTA’s without a major injury again. The world is wondering when do you earn your keep

  9. That’s one crowded QB room…

    The man who took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and within 6 minutes of winning it. He has 2 SB rings as backup to the GOAT.

    The Number 3 pick in last year’s draft

    The sensational rookie who as Mr. Irrelevant went on a Brady-esque run (even better at 7 – 0) before falling to injury on the 6th snap of the NFCCG, a game they might not have lost if he stayed healthy…

    Tom Brady Himself, the GOAT

  10. datastrategist says:
    January 31, 2023 at 3:13 pm
    Aren’t you forgetting someone? I’ll give you a hint. He said he might be ready to play in the Super Bowl if the 49ers qualify.


    He was probably too busy joking and laughing on the bench to even know his team was getting blown out.

  11. Lance might end up being better than any QB Shanahan has coached, and Kyle has had success with every QB. Lance hardly played any college football. He’s a project. The longer he learns the position, the better he’ll be. When all their QB’s are healthy and ready to roll, Kyle will make a decision. Since that’s a hypothetical scenario, no decisions need to be made just yet. But the 49ers are in good hands. Their QB situation has changed several times in the last few months, and every time it was successful. Why panic? Kyle obviously knows how to generate good QB play with whoever he has.

  12. Way too early to give up on this guy.
    Despite limited starts in college and the pros, too many people have jumped to the conclusion that he’s a bust. Needs more time in development than what you’d expect for such a high pick, but he has far less experience as a starting QB at any level than many young players.
    But of course that brings up the legitimate issue of why you’d trade away so much draft capital for someone with such a sparse resume.
    Any grief directed to Lance should be redirected to Lynch and Shanahan.

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